With its own kitchen garden and passion for high-quality local sourcing, Barnsdale Lodge hotel and restaurant near Oakham is a gem for food lovers. Its dining credentials are further enhanced by its close relationship with neighbour Barnsdale Gardens, which grows a huge variety of fruit and veg and then donates it to the kitchen.
Owned by Thomas Noel (it has been in his family since 1760), 45-bedroom Barnsdale Lodge, which also boasts 12 three-bedroom self-catering retreats, was formerly a farmhouse, and was converted in 1989.
Local suppliers include Manton Farm (asparagus, raspberries and strawberries) and Grasmere Farm of Market Deeping for pork. Beef is from Hambleton Farm, which rears its longhorn cattle on the Hambleton peninsular, two miles from the hotel. Barnsdale’s own hens provide eggs.
Barnsdale Lodge is TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s favourite restaurant. “My perfect Sunday is waking up with all the Sunday papers, followed by a late lunch at Barnsdale Lodge on the north shore of Rutland Water,” she says.
Fiona Duncan, writing in The Daily Telegraph, said: “Barnsdale is comfortable, welcoming, and for the quality of the public rooms and the assiduousness of the service, the room rates are a really good deal.”
10% off the dinner menu, food only, excluding Saturdays. Maximum of four diners per card. Please quote your name and membership number when booking on 01572 724678 and present your card when settling the bill.